Ruby Red

Ruby Red

Book - 2011
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Sixteen-year-old Gwyneth discovers that she, rather than her well-prepared cousin, carries a time-travel gene, and soon she is journeying with Gideon, who shares the gift, through historical London trying to discover whom they can trust.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt & Co., 2011
Edition: 1st American ed. --
ISBN: 9780805092523
0805092528
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Gier 3564
Characteristics: 330 p. --
Additional Contributors: Bell, Anthea

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BRONTE CRONSBERRY Jul 07, 2011

Loved this book and I can't wait for the rest of the seris to be translated. Kerstin does a great job showing the culture and history of Europe. This book is very discriptive and this well writen book provides a clear picture of the places discribed.


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kathleen_DCL Aug 28, 2017

A fun Young Adult book about a teen who discovers she has a special time-traveling gene. The best read I've found recently that is funny and just plain fun!

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candy1168
Mar 16, 2017

I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK. I practically flew through it. It took me less than 1 day and a half to finish it. It was so well written, and I just love Gwen's point of view. I also loved how Gwen and Lesley's relationship worked. They were so... Real. Their friendship was beautiful. And Gideon! Don't even get me started about Gideon. That kiss at the end, just, BEAUTIFUL. He was so frustrating at first, but then became this super sweet and adorable character. I overall, enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys action packed time traveling, mostly realistic romance, and real diverse characters that you'll grow to love. Most of the time.

Library_Jill Nov 09, 2016

This one was just plain fun. Gwen has a great sense of humor, and I loved being introduced to time travel with her. It definitely feels like the first book in a series, though, because I was left with a sense that the story is only beginning...

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Tanyamichelle
Oct 16, 2016

Now I am not going to comment on all the books in the Ruby Red trilogy, but if you bother to read the comments on this one you will know that this book and all the other books in this trilogy are amazing. They are filled with adventure, Sci-Fi, romance, and a whole lot more, so hopefully you give this book a chance because if you do you will fall in a trance.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 28, 2016

While reading into this first book was a little confusing, I still really enjoyed the book! The intricately designed cover was just a bonus to the amazing content inside. I would recommend this to anyone who likes the idea of time-travelling, romance, adventure, and suspense rolled together. The main character is a very stubborn, yet imperfectly perfect girl. She gets thrown into situations that would stun the most oblivious of people, but still manages to get back up and throw a couple sassy comments. Truly, this author's other books cannot match up to this one. 5/5 stars.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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florabungia
Aug 30, 2016

This book seems really popular. I really like the way the author wrote it. I couldn't stop reading it once I started.

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brit22fab
Aug 05, 2016

I love this book!!! Between the mysteries and the love story and the adventures, Ruby Red is such a amazing read! I love how it has a little bit of everything, fantasy, romance, secrets, mysteries and adventure. I can not wait to start the next book and continue reading about Gwen and her journey though time!

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Bukunola
Jul 03, 2016

I really loved this book, some surprises that you never see coming and the most coolest; Gwen can see and talk to ghost. Can't rest till i finish the series!!!

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nidofito
Jul 23, 2015

I think the book will work pretty well for a younger audience. It's clean, fun and interesting. While Gwen is a sweet girl, she comes off as a pre-teen rather than a late-teen, particularly during the later chapters.

The plot is interesting but it's over-simplified, confusing at times and lacking regarding the overall basis, methods, and cause and effect of time-travelling. I also did not particularly like the backward mentality of the members of the Lodge towards females.

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RisaAnn
Jul 15, 2015

This story is about young Gwen, who finds out she is the chosen one in the family who carries a time travel gene …TIME TRAVEL!! Though she wasn’t who was expected she has no choice now but to dive in, with her traveling counterpart Gideon. They are on a mission, to complete the circle and finally reveal the secret…. but is that a good thing or a bad thing??

You really can’t tell….

This book was fast paced (seriously the whole book takes place over like a 4 day span), and it has a really complex story line…(to be expected with time travel, no?)
But, Gier does an excellent job of breezing over it in a way were you think you get it, but makes it humorous and excusable even if you don’t. Even by the end (with a big fat CLIFFY!) it is all still so mysterious and full of secrets I’m not sure where to stand, or who to root for, but I will say things are not as they seem….trust no one.

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brit22fab
Aug 05, 2016

Everyone in Gwyneth's family always thought that it would be her perfect cousin Charlotte who would inherit the female line of the time traveling gene. But when Gwen suddenly travels into different time periods, she realizes that it is her who can time travel.
Totally unprepared for time traveling, Gwen now has to figure out the mysteries and unmask the secrets of the Circle, all while working with Gideon, her time traveling partner, who can be annoying and a know-it-all but definitely the hottest looking guy Gwen's ever met.

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Aryanz
Aug 13, 2014

A teenage girl named Gwen on a mission to travel back in time to save a little bit of history as this thread runs through the female part of the family and problems at school.

wonderlands Apr 24, 2013

Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon--the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

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wonderlands Apr 24, 2013

Violence: There is sword fighting and a brief gun fight

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